Special importance is given to paired practice called Kumite-shutai. The partners work closely together to improve their respective techniques. The result is Embu: the peak of cooperation between partners with sequences of techniques that are dynamic, fluid and full of energy. Embu is said to be the embodiment of spiritual cultivation that is likened to prayers. “It is Zen in Motion” says Tsunehiro Arai, “One has to focus and spiritually unite with the opponent”.
Warriors of Budo: Shorinji Kempo
Written by Jon Braeley
Leading documentary filmmaker and author with thirty feature length movies on Martial Arts, Buddhism, Chinese medicine, Yoga and Zen meditation. Jon has spent his life in the practice of martial arts and is a Karate 6th dan, and has been featured in Black Belt Magazine, Kendo World and many other leading publications.